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Discussion in 'UHall' started by AirmidCecht, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. AirmidCecht

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    Copying this for Uhall users so we can focus on how to better the experience for you.

    Before the message from Syrus, I personally would like to thank Syrus and Stephen for all the effort they put into bringing us up to date. Improvements were needed to get around all the down time we were experiencing. The cost of new forums was not minimal and we would like to thank George Vanous for investing more time, energy and dollars into much needed resources. Stratics has hobbled along over the years much like our beloved UO and while it may take some adjustment to the new style and layout please trust that we have the very best of intentions for this community.

    After over 30 hours of downtime for data migration, plugin installation, forum configuration, and search indexing, we are finally live on XenForo! Please have a look around and let us know if you have questions or see any bugs.

    As a reminder, forum things were not migrated by the system. First, user albums werenot transferred. We will be researching a new user album plugin. Meanwhile, user albums will continue to be accessible on OLD forums. Second, any locally-hosted signatures are not transferred. Instructions for adding your signature to the NEW forums are located here. Third, infraction histories are not transferred. We will reference and restore old histories on a case-by-case basis. Ideally, we will not have a need to review these histories and your shiny, new accounts will remain spotless. Finally, themes are not transferred. I have done my best to re-create the primary Stratics theme, UO Classic. I am trying to contract a developer to make two new, custom themes for us, but these are not yet complete. Also, we would be thrilled to review user or staff-submitted themes for inclusion in our repertoire of themes.

    In the coming hours or days, we will be opening a support and bug report forum attached to Stratics Central. Also, we are working to re-open the old forums as read-only. Moreover, we will be bringing our smilies over from the old forums. Finally, I will continue to seek a developer to create a couple of custom themes for us and I will also install a couple of out-of-the-box themes to provide some variety.

    Thank you for your patience throughout this process. I need sleep. G'night.

    P.S. The style chooser is located at the bottom of every page:

    [​IMG]
     
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  2. Larisa

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    YAY You guys did it! HUGE Hugs and cookies and dog biscuits for Syrus's adorable puppy. I missed the trophy thing on the staff forums...that's pretty cool, I like trophies :)

    Gratz guys...looks great! :)
     
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  3. GalenKnighthawke

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    I am glad to see Stratics back, glad to see things work, and am amused to see how little time it took for someone to whine.

    -Galen's player
     
  4. AirmidCecht

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    Thank you Galen :)

    I expected at least one vial of vitriol, it wouldn't be uhall without it! (ha!)

    We wanted to get the forums back as soon as possible and we'll continue to improve the forums as we go.
     
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  6. AirmidCecht

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  7. Larisa

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    Ohh do not like the black :/ too dark but the blue one is kinda nice :) I personally like this default, it's more like the *old* stratics...nice beige and light grey..very light and sunshiny!
     
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    I'd take the 'Flexile Blue', I'm not allowed to do dark and gloomy. interferes w/ my SSRI meds
     
  10. Tina Small

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    I took a quick glance in the help section to see the info on formatting options. I hope you'll be able to add an option in the future to be able to hide text with a "spoiler" type tag or cover, or something.

    I really am enjoying the new forum setup though...it's fun to explore all the new features. I'm not too concerned about the formatting choices as yet. It's actually kind of refreshing to see things in a new way. I can't say I've run across anything yet that I actually strongly dislike and have definitely seen some new stuff that I think will be fun to use.
     
  11. Taylor

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    By the way, I've added a couple new styles to hold us over until we get our custom styles.
     
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  12. Raptor85

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    There's a couple nice things about these new forums, but a lot of bad things too, the short version for now

    Nice things:
    1. dark theme available (though you didn't change the logo from default)
    2. ACTUALLY bothers to use CSS for styling (much smaller pagesizes than old stratics "use an image for EVERYTHING" style)

    Bad things:
    1. too much "web 2.0", it hides things like post page buttons until you hover over the link, and sometimes when you go down to click them if you wander the mouse outside the few pixels of a box it disappears before you can click it. Necessary buttons like those should not be hidden.
    2. things like to move around while moving your mouse over the page which is very annoying
    3. extreme overuse of hover popups
    4. no way that I can find to only show the forums I want to read, the uo forums link reloads the whole page and due to the page size does not always jump down immediately (it's sometimes slightly delayed). Even then it only shows the top level and i have to load 2-3 more pages before i can get to the forums I want to see.
    5. facebook integration makes me iffy, i would like some assurance that my account info will never be shared with them in any way.
    6. too much padding in the themes, pages vertically scroll almost twice as much as they did on the old forums, i feel like i'm constantly on the mousewheel here
     
  13. Taylor

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    Only you are able to link your account with Facebook. I don't have your Facebook credentials and have no way of obtaining these.
     
  14. Storm

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    I have linked my accounts and have not had any problems!
     
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    not really talking about account linking, just saying I know some other sites actually allow their account details to be "shared" to facebook even for users without facebook accounts, just would be nice to know a "this forum software doesn't do that"

    I'm also getting a "error connecting to database" occasionally while loading a page now.
     
  16. Taylor

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    Linking to your Facebook account requires your account credentials. Nobody can perform this link except you.
     
  17. Raptor85

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    you misunderstand my question :/ I don't have a facebook account, I don't want any of my information shared to facebook at all, and many other sites with facebook integration allow facebook to use their user info, which is indexed and quite often used to build their suggestions of who to friend. (among other things).
     
  18. Taylor

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    It's all run w/in house, and since everything was made and paid for by volunteers, no need to worry about us trying to sell out your e-mail address.

    Intentional. Stephen, our sysop, and Mike, who founded/built XenForo, are tweaking some db stuff atm. This should be over shortly and will improve performance.
     
  19. Taylor

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  20. GreywolfUK

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    Have to say, that so far, I really like the look of the new Forums, they are loading so much faster and look so much more cleaner than the old ones, mind you I have not delved too much into all the options yet, but things are looking good. :)
     
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  21. jeriicco

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    Great work! It's been a very easy transition for me. I feel like its much more organized which is going to make it easier and quicker for me to navigate my way around. I also like the page layout a little better as well, the old forums layout was much more seamless and sometimes it was difficult to seperate things. The new layout has more defined lines, boxes, etc.. which is making the whole thing flow a little bit better ...for me at least.
     
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  22. Llewen

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    I love the new forums. I've never heard of them before, but this is clearly a quantum leap ahead of what was being used before. Very slick.
     
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  23. Tina Small

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    Syrus, will we eventually have the option again to choose how many posts to see per page while viewing a thread? I think it's defaulting to 20 posts per page and I'd really like to be able to choose something higher than that, if possible.
     
  24. Taylor

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    I hope so. It's not a default option right now, but keep in mind that XenForo is very new. XenForo 1.0.0 was released less than a year ago, on 8 March 2011. We're running XF 1.1.2. It wasn't until 1.1.0 that they had a warning system. Each release offers us a range of new features, mostly based on feedback from users. I'll check to see if this has been suggested yet. If not, I'll suggest it.
     
  25. Heartseeker

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    I like......
     
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  26. Cogniac

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    I like most of the now forums so far. I've settled on "Blackend-green" as my theme for the time being. I like the way replies "slide up" onto the end of a thread. Very sleek.

    One thing I've noticed: When you mouse-over a thread title and let the cursor sit there for a moment, it pops up and slides out a small preview. When you move your cursor off the thread title, this goes away. On the drop-downs in the top menu, on the other hand (Members, Help, User info); when you move your cursor away, they won't leave. You have to physical click somewhere to make them go away. That strikes me as an oversight; something that should probably be mentioned to the XenForo team.
     
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  27. Taylor

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    Good feedback. I'll mention it!
     
  28. QueenZen

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    I use 2 computers and each has a very different connection set up.
    My older computer, still working fine is a win xp, on a very slow dialup set up.
    My newer computer is a win 7 laptop, on speedie as heck connection.
    *being old* lol I don't always work with change even when I do make changes,
    so I still use the older computer MORE on the slower dialup. Yes silly isn't it.

    But I can safely say with confidence, a true test of how this new fangled Stratics is working,
    on [DIAL UP] is that these new Stratics forums set up etc. is working for me on this slower connectivity,
    as fast as my win 7 speedier computer's connection setup is set. :)
    Now that is sayin something !! THIS IS FAST on win xp on DIALUP.
    I haven't tried our Stratics, on my win7 speedier connected laptop yet.
    Figured the true/truer test how this new Stratics set up would be working would be to use this older computer on dial up. :) Tis lickitie split faster !
    Speedier than I ever dreamed possible, this new set up on old school connectivity. lol

    AMAZING huh ?
     
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    seems like a lot went into this page....
     
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  30. Taylor

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    Lemme know if I can help with anything.

    You can retrieve your signature with these instructions. Also, you can change the theme to something more familiar using the style changer at the bottom of any page (shown below):

    [​IMG]
     
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  31. Kas Althume

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    Somehow i get the feeling that alot of threads went missing on the migration. :)
     
  32. Taylor

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    Hmm, they shouldn't have. We tested the migration process three times. If you're having trouble finding something via search, this is simply related to our ongoing indexing issues. The threads are out there, though. :)
     
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    just a curious question, i have followed the migration steps, however being an 11 year member of stratics and having well over 15k posts plus and counting, the title under my avatar says "visitor" i thought that was kind of cute ;)
     
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    When checking "postings" on other profiles and my own. There is only old stuff up tot eh middle of 2011 listed, except for the few postings made in the last couple days. I only noticed that there was stuff missing when i tried to find the spammers which were on my ignore list. Might have to do with indexing tho .. will see

    @ SixUnder: The title will change soon. :)

    @ Syrus: I can still see the content of posters which are on my ignore list. There is a small button saying "you are blocking the content of this user" and below that is the whole posting. When i click the "show blocked content" button nothing happens.
     
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    i thought it was kinda funny at first, then i was like don't i deserve a better one? lol
     
  36. Taylor

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    Aye, hehe. Trying to fix the user titles. It's more complicated now, but I think I may have gotten it right this time. About an hour ago, everyone was "Stratics Legend." o_O

    Yeah, that's part of the indexing issue. I see the same thing. If you go into the forums, you'll see the posts there, even though they don't show under your post history. We're going to get this fixed soon, not least because I paid $50 for that daggun "enhanced search."

    Ignore lists weren't migrated over, I'm afraid, but they can be open now. Or have you already updated your list?
     
  37. Taylor

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    There we go. That title looks much more appropriate. :)
     
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  38. TheGrimmOmen

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    New Art, I quit.

    :p

    -Grimm
     
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    Very funny Grimm :/ lol

    I love it..LOVE IT! And I have mine set to UO Classic default, I like the light, bright airy feel of it, nothing too dark and gloomy :/

    Syrus give your puppy lots of goodies, you did well :)
     
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    Oh we are sooo going to get a stabby smiley inserted somewhere but in the meantime...
    :Do_O:oops::D
     
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    Love the new forums, needs more of these :):eek:o_O
     
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    I like the new forums. It's different, but close enough it's not bothersome. I'm sure the new, updated software will prove it's worth in time. Thanks.
     
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    Looks great. Well, except for being a visitor:(.

    Question though. I used to be able to use the Tapatalk app on my phone to access the forums and now I can not. Will the New Forums eventually use Tapatalk plugin again?
     
  44. Taylor

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    Agreed! Coming soon.

    Sorry. This will update next time the user cache clears. Should be fixed soon.

    Yep! Just installed this last night. Try it again and lemme know if it still doesn't work. A couple of folks have told me that it's working now, but if you can't see them, we may have a problem somewhere on some theme.
     
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    Thanks Syrus.
    I have an Iphone 4 with the tapatalk app and I still get a message to contact the forum administrator when I try to gonnect to Stratics. The message says: "Cannot connect to forum. This forum is either restricting access from Tapatalk or the installed Tapatalk plugin is not working. Please contact your forum administrator." I will try deleting the app on my phone and reinstalling it.:)
     
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    Yup, same here.
     
  47. Taylor

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    Damn. Ok. Which theme?
     
  48. Petra Fyde

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    Syrus, I got an enquiry by icq today about tapatalk, when I said you'd already installed it I got back the reply

    'Ah ok. I had to re add it.'

    Not sure if that's any help?
     
  49. Taylor

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    I hope so. Tapatalk is reporting that it's installed successfully. If re-adding it doesn't help, I'll put in a ticket with them.
     
  50. TheGrimmOmen

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    Yup. That did the trick. In your list of Tapatalk forums, you need to remove Stratics (swipe left, DELETE) - then re-add it to your list.
    Thanks for the info, Petra!

    -Grimm
     
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